Moving to a new location can be quite exciting, but all the changes that accompany relocating can also cause your stress levels to rise. Here's how to bring calm to the chaos:

Research Your Relocation
"Some of our clients' biggest relocation concerns include adjusting to the new environment, creating a social life outside of work, and building a new support network," says Jeff Mahoney, Executive Vice President of Churchill Corporate Services. While getting acclimated to a new environment can feel overwhelming, it will help to select a location where you believe you'll ultimately feel quite comfortable. "If possible, visit the new area before actually moving," Mahoney suggests. "Explore surrounding neighborhoods to find one that best suits your lifestyle. If you are unable to visit the new city or town, try to find out as much as possible about the area by reading local news and local blogs to get to know the vibe, and learn what's going on in the neighborhood."

Examine Your Attitude
Mahoney also says it can help to approach moving as an adventure. "Living in a new place is a wonderful opportunity to experience new things and to grow as a person. Go out and explore—visit local restaurants/cuisine, see landmarks and attractions, and make it a point to talk to the locals." He says that when you tell other people you just moved to the area, often they will be happy to help you and introduce you to the surroundings so you can quickly fit in.

Use the Internet as Information Central
An array of online resources makes it easy to find all the services you'll need: "With sites like Google Maps and Yelp, the Internet is a great place to start," Mahoney says. "Also, using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter can be helpful when looking for tips or advice on a new area. You may be surprised by how many people on Facebook or Twitter are familiar with an area and can offer great advice about anything you want to know." Locals' advice can help you select providers of services you'll need, such as

  • doctors
  • pharmacists
  • hairdressers
  • pet groomers
  • other essential services

Look to Meet New People
The web can serve as a social resource, too: "The Internet can help you find people with similar interests who live in your new area. Nowadays, there are great online social communities like Meetup or Craigslist," Mahoney says. "These sites will allow you to find other people in your area that have similar hobbies and interests." Just use your best judgment and stick to group activities so that you don't put yourself in any risky situations.

Additionally, some employers sponsor clubs or other social activities that will help you meet new people, so find out what's available. "You can also join a team, volunteer, or sign up for a weekly class, since this will give you something to look forward to and will help you create a social life outside of your work," Mahoney adds.

Jeff Mahoney reviewed this article.

Mahoney, Jeff. Executive Vice President, Churchill Corporate Services. Email interview. 16 April 2013.